Southern Florida State Criminal Matters
Soon after a state defendant is arrested, a judge will hold a detention hearing to determine whether the defendant will remain in jail or be released pending trial. If the defendant is released he may be required to post a cash bond or obtain a bond through a bonding agency. A qualified attorney can successfully argue for this and arrange for bond.
Later, at arraignment, the defendant may plead guilty or not guilty. If the defendant pleads guilty, the case proceeds to sentencing. If the defendant pleads not guilty, the case proceeds to trial. The case will be heard by a jury who will hear evidence and determine whether the Government has proved the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If the jury finds the defendant not guilty, the case ends and the defendant you will go free. If the jury finds the defendant guilty, the conviction may be appealed to the Appellate Court. We may also ask for bond pending the appeal.
Contact our Deerfield Beach office today, or fill out one our forms to see how we can evaluate and assist you with your case.